The Continuing Significance of Race: Official Legislative Racial Discrimination in Louisiana 1861 to 1974
47 S.U. L. Rev. 1 (2019)
66 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2020 Last revised: 26 Jun 2020
Date Written: April 14, 2020
This Article documents and analyzes official racial discrimination in legislation in Louisiana from the Civil War until the 1974 Louisiana Constitution. An earlier article chronicled the record of legislative racial discrimination in Louisiana from 1803 to 1865.
Whites lost the Civil War, yet were quickly able to recapture power in Louisiana for most of the following century by systematically denying African Americans the right to vote and enacting a comprehensive legal system of white supremacy.
One hundred twenty years after the Civil War ended, Louisiana laws finally, officially acknowledged equality. The journey of official laws has evolved from slavery to a brief few years of freedom, to decades of segregation, and, finally, to the modern, ongoing fight for civil rights.
This is the story of that journey.
Keywords: Louisiana, Civil War, Reconstruction Jim Crow Laws, racial discrimination, civil rights
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